Essay on Spain's Hierarchy

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* Spainish social structure Society

* Spain itself is divided into 17 regions, each of which elect leaders in direct elections allowing for every region to have a level of autonomy. The Spanish constitution of 1978 protects the democratic independence for, “distinct and nationalities and regions” (Gale 2009b). Because of this, attempting to define the social structure, gender roles, family structure, social identity, and political structure for the entire country is a difficult task. Within Spain, there are six major cultures including the Castilians, the Galicians, the Basques, the Catalans, the Levante, and the Andalucians (Gale. 2009a) and other minority cultures include the Roma and the Asturians (Gale 2009b). Spaniards as a
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* In 1977, there were a total of 156 political parties in Spain. Today, there are three major political parties in Spain include the Popular Party, a right leaning centrist party, the Spanish Socialist Workers' Party, a left leaning centrist party, and the United Left, a communist party. On the regional level, nationalist groups include; the Convergence and Union, a Catalan group, the Basque Nationalist Party, and the another Basque nationalist party, Euskal Herritarrok/Herri Batasuna, but one which is banned from politics due to ties to the terrorist group, the ETA (Gale 2000). The ETA, or the Euskadi Ta Azkatasuna-Basque Homeland and Freedom, is a separatist group which “has been responsible for 820 deaths” for a separate homeland for the Basque people (Gale 2009b).

* King Juan Carlos

* The current monarch over Spain is King Juan Carlos de Borbon y Borbon, the successor to Franco, helped bring Spain to become a democracy by signing the constitution of 1978 (Gale 2009b). The president of Spain is José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, a member of the Spanish Socialist Workers' Party. One vice president and the Minister of Regional Affairs is the Manuel Chaves Gonzalez. Another vice president is Elena Salgado Méndez, who also serves as the leader of the Goverment of Economic Affairs (La Moncloa 2011.)

* Social Identity:

* For everyone, parts of one's social identity, our perception of self from

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